The guidance supplied in this document is based on established international and U.S. practices and is supplemented by recent research. The guide is comprehensive in recognition of the diverse needs of transportation professionals and the public for introductory material through design detail, as well as the wide range of potential applications of roundabout intersections. The following topics are addressed: definition of a roundabout and what distinguishes roundabouts from traffic circles; public acceptance and legal issues associated with roundabouts; consideration of all user modes, including heavy vehicles, buses, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians; a methodology for identifying appropriate sites for roundabouts and the range of conditions for which roundabouts offer optimal performance; methodologies for estimating roundabout capacity, delays, and queues with reference to the "Highway Capacity Manual"; design principles and guidance on safety and geometric design, with reference to applicable national standards such as the AASHTO "Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets"; guidelines for control features such as signing and pavement markings, with reference to the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices"; illumination; and landscaping.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Kittelson and Associates, Incorporated

    610 SW Alder Street, Suite 700
    Portland, OR  United States  97205

    Federal Highway Administration

    Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, 6300 Georgetown Pike
    McLean, VA  United States  22101
  • Authors:
    • Robinson, B W
    • Rodegerdts, Lee
    • Scarborough, W
    • Kittelson, W
    • Troutbeck, R
    • Brilon, W
    • Bondzio, L
    • Courage, K
    • Kyte, M
    • Mason, J
    • Flannery, A
    • Myers, E
    • BUNKER, J
    • Jacquemart, G
  • Publication Date: 2000-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 284 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00795288
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-00-067,, Project 2425,, Informational Guide Book
  • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-97-R-00038
  • Created Date: Jul 14 2000 12:00AM